F1 and Red Bull Racing want $122,000 for an RB18 racing simulator
- March 16, 2023
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Formula 1 and Red Bull Racing offer a racing simulator inspired by the Red Bull RB18, the 2022 championship winner, with a price tag that can easily run into six figures.
This isn’t one of those simulators that F1 teams use to develop their cars and the drivers use to practice. It is designed specifically as a collector’s item and is manufactured and sold through F1 Authentics, the official F1 collectibles outlet. It was developed using official Red Bull CAD data and is manufactured “using the same process as real F1 cars”, according to a blurb on the F1 website.
The simulator replicates the nose and cockpit of the RB18, with a curved screen placed in front of the user. The force feedback steering wheel features a quick release buckle to make getting in and out easier, similar to the real car. THX surround sound and adjustable pedals are also included. Buyers can choose a livery for one of Red Bull’s 2022 F1 drivers, Max Verstappen or Sergio Perez.
Red Bull RB18 F1 racing car simulator
The 2022 season marked the implementation of new design rules that gave F1 cars a very different look and the Adrian Newey designed RB18 was the class of the field. Red Bull won 17 of 22 races to take the F1 team title for the first time since 2013, ending Mercedes’ eight-year winning streak. Verstappen effortlessly defended his 2021 drivers’ title with a record 15 wins. He became F1 Champion at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2022.
F1 and Red Bull offer two versions of the simulator, with deliveries due to start this month. The basic Race Edition retails for $92,177, while the Champions Edition adds a front wing assembly, bringing the price up to $122,903. Many fantastic real-world cars would be available for this price, including a well-appointed Porsche 911, but given the complexity of current F1 racing cars, this is perhaps as close as anyone outside of Red Bull comes to owning an RB18.